Wonder Woman: Elena Anaya On Her Inspiration For Doctor Poison

Wonder Woman

One of the side characters in Wonder Woman that captured my imagination was the villainous Doctor Poison. The evil doctor played a large role in the German’s sinister plans, but where does a character like that come from?

In a recent interview with The Verge, Elena Anaya, who plays Dr. Maru, aka Doctor Poison, in the film, spoke about her inspiration for the character. Here is what the actress said:

“When you read a comic book script and then you’re responsible for approaching a character like this, you think, ‘Well, how is it possible that somebody invented a character like this? And then, unfortunately, I realized that more than ever, there are evil people in real life. They are on television, they are very powerful people, and they don’t wear masks like Dr. Maru wears. These people are villains in real life, hurting a lot of people, and they’re doing a lot of damage to mankind.”

Anaya also revealed that she drew inspiration from another real life source:

“The other answer is, I did my research about World War I. There was a terrible moment when the army and science came together. I researched Fritz Haber, the chemist who created mustard gas. His personal history was very scary. He was a chemist in a beautiful marriage with another chemist. He wanted to be a powerful man, recognized by everybody. But his wife begged him to stop. The night before the first gas-bomb test, he said, ‘I’m not going to stop,’ so she killed herself with his gun. You imagine this tortured person going to bomb tests with his wife dead in his house, with his love passed away in the process.”

Directed by Patty Jenkins, Wonder Woman stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, Lucy Davis, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Elena Anaya, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Ewen Bremner, Saïd Taghmaoui and Eugene Brave Rock. Here is the official synopsis for the film:

Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers… and her true destiny.

Wonder Woman is in theaters now. You can check out my review of the film here.

Source: The Verge

Jeff Grantz

Jeff Grantz

Jeff Grantz is an Atlanta-based writer, filmmaker and host of The Amazing Nerdiverse Podcast (on iTunes and YouTube).